D’Ar­naud pow­ers Rays with late dou­ble

Antelope Valley Press (Sunday) - - Sports - By GREG BEACHAM

ANA­HEIM — Travis d’Ar­naud broke open a score­less game with a three-run dou­ble in the sixth in­ning, and the Tampa Bay Rays im­proved their stand­ing in the AL wild card race with their 13th win in 16 games, 3-1 over the Los An­ge­les An­gels on Satur­day night.

D’Ar­naud’s drive went over the head of left fielder Michael Her­mosillo to clear the bases for the Rays, who strug­gled for five in­nings against An­gels starter Jaime Bar­ria (4-9) be­fore break­ing through.

Al­though the Rays man­aged just five hits, their sec­ond straight vic­tory cou­pled with Cleve­land’s two losses in a dou­ble­header at Min­nesota left Tampa Bay (89-61) 2 ½ games clear of the In­di­ans (8663) for the sec­ond wild card spot.

Mike Trout missed his sixth straight game with a foot in­jury for the An­gels (67-82), who have lost six straight and 10 of 12. They have clinched four straight los­ing sea­sons for the first time since 199396, also the last four years the fran­chise was known as the Cal­i­for­nia An­gels.

Trevor Richards (6-12) pitched two in­nings of twohit ball in re­lief of starter Tyler Glas­now. Emilio Pagán pitched the ninth for his 20th save af­ter for­mer An­gels re­liever Oliver Drake struck out the side in the eighth.

Bar­ria pitched three-hit ball into the sixth, but left af­ter Joey Wen­dle’s sin­gle and Austin Mead­ows’ walk. The An­gels made three pitch­ing changes in the sixth in an at­tempt to keep it score­less, but Her­mosillo couldn’t find the proper line when d’Ar­naud ab­so­lutely smoked his drive off Tay­lor Cole.

Los An­ge­les got a run in the sev­enth when Nick An­der­son hit Her­mosillo and then threw two wild pitches to ad­vance him.

FAST START

Glas­now gave up two hits over three in­nings in his sec­ond start back from a four­month in­jury ab­sence for Tampa Bay. The hard-throw­ing right-han­der from the Los An­ge­les area was on a pitch count in his re­turn from a right fore­arm strain, but he showed off his 99-mph fast­ball while strik­ing out five. STREAK ENDS

Ji-Man Choi fran­chise-record streak of reach­ing base in 10 straight plate ap­pear­ances ended when the Tampa Bay slug­ger was called out on strikes af­ter an eight-pitch at­bat in the sec­ond in­ning. His streak matched the long­est in the ma­jors since Trout reached in 11 straight in 2017. TRAINER’S ROOM An­gels: Trout hasn’t played a full game since Sept. 5 while deal­ing with pain from an ir­ri­tated nerve in his foot. He plans to play Sun­day in the series fi­nale, and he doesn’t want to be shut down for the sea­son.

As­so­ci­ated Press

EX­TRA BASES — Tampa Bay Rays’ Travis d’Ar­naud rounds first base as he drives in three runs with a bases­loaded dou­ble dur­ing the sixth in­ning of a game against the An­gels on Satur­day in Ana­heim.

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